If there’s one niggling thing Kirby Smart does that drives me a little crazy, it’s this.
The physicality part remains a work in progress. And that’s the biggest concern for the Bulldogs heading up to Lexington on Saturday.
The Gators exposed Georgia’s weakness in that regard last Saturday. Lest we forget, the Bulldogs failed to get into the end zone on seven plays from inside Florida’s 1-yard line.
You can gripe about Georgia’s play-calling on that possession, but those calls reflected those core principles.
Oh, I don’t think anybody’s gonna forget any time soon, Chip. But that’s not the lesson to be taken from that, unless you’re Todd “That tops the hat for me” Grantham.
I get the whole impose-your-will philosophy that’s Kirby’s working mantra. There’s nothing that says you can’t be physical and smart at the same time, though. (Let’s not forget that Georgia’s offense eventually ground down and wore out Florida’s defense in the fourth quarter, just like the boss man drew it up.)
Sure, you can run into a brick wall six times, but, after a while, wouldn’t it be a whole lot more productive to dodge around that wall? Repeatedly running out of a power set — with a freshman tight end trying to play fullback, to boot — simply allowed Grantham to do what he likes to do best, sell out. What was particularly frustrating in that setting was knowing that Georgia had converted other short yardage situations earlier in the game running plays out of its standard formations.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take rocket science. It just takes a willingness to leave the testosterone in the pre-game locker room and take what the defense gives you. As physically as possible, of course.